We Offer An Experienced
Hand In Family Law

When you are contending with divorce, paternity matters or domestic violence issues, turn to Christopher R. Abernathy, APLC, a sophisticated law firm dedicated to providing personalized legal services of the highest quality.

Protecting Your Rights And
Putting Your Best Interests First

Our attorneys always put you first. We work aggressively to achieve the best possible outcome for your divorce, paternity issue or domestic violence matter. We answer all your questions and knowledgeably guide you through the entire process with compassion. The attorneys at Christopher R. Abernathy, APLC, know that when you are facing difficult issues, you want personal attention and qualified representation. We understand how confusing this time can be, that’s why we focus on your interests and work to develop a plan that protects you and builds a stable future.

Look To Christopher R. Abernathy, APLC, For Leadership In Resolving Your Difficult Family Law Disputes

Our attorneys take the time needed to understand your specific circumstances. We will guide you through the legal process, addressing each of your concerns step by step to reach the best result. The last thing you want to do is rely on internet forms and information that can be confusing and make matters worse for you. You do not have to resolve your legal issues on our own. Do not face your challenging situation alone. Call us today for help evaluating your legal documents and for the legal guidance you need.
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Highly Qualified Attorneys Represent
Clients Throughout Southern California

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Named one of the nation’s top attorneys, Christopher Abernathy is peer-review rated AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell. Among other national recognition, Mr. Abernathy was also selected to the 2018 California Super Lawyers List, an accolade reserved for a small percentage of lawyers statewide. It is a recognition for outstanding intellectual contributions to family law, client satisfaction and his dedication to excellence.
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David J. Kolmel is a California native of the Coachella Valley and a former U.S. Army infantryman and paratrooper who served one tour with the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan in 2002. Mr. Kolmel is also certified as minor’s counsel and has been appointed by the court to represent children in high-conflict divorce and custody matters.
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Why
Hire Us?

At Christopher R. Abernathy, APLC, we are committed to the highest ideals of the legal profession. Our law firm receives word-of-mouth referrals from current and former clients, judicial officers, other family law attorneys, court personnel, opposing parties and expert witnesses. We continually strive to provide premier legal services to our clients.

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Your Concerns Today

What Our Clients
Say About Working With Us

“Mr. Abernathy is an experienced, high quality attorney, who is knowledgeable and well respected, by both the judges and the other attorneys. This attorney handled my contested divorce and custody case and did so as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. He didn’t waste my time or money, like my prior attorney did. Mr. Abernathy is a master negotiator, both in the court room and in the hallway. He is savvy, confident and thinks fast on his feet. Mr. Abernathy runs a paperless office and scans all your documents, which saves time and money. In the court room he was the only attorney I saw that uses an iPad, ready to pull up any case law that might help support his argument, as well as all of my divorce documents, which helped win the hearings in my favor each time. By contrast, the other attorney was left fumbling and shuffling around through stacks and boxes of papers. Having a competent attorney when you need it the most is something you simply cannot put a price on. Just knowing he was competently handling things for me helped reduce my stress level and let me be able to move on with my life while going through the process. In the end, because of Mr. Abernathy, I got SOLE LEGAL CUSTODY of my kids, which is priceless to me! I will be forever grateful that I had this amazing attorney to get me through the nightmare of my divorce. His services were truly worth every penny!”
– Colleen D.
“After I filed for divorce, my ex-wife hired representation from a large, prestigious law firm. Mr. Abernathy turned out to be a formidable advocate on my behalf. He zealously defended my interests and his strategies proved effective in protecting me from unreasonable and unfair demands. Mr. Abernathy’s performance in the courtroom was very impressive, and his ability to communicate with the judge instilled confidence.”
– Blaine S.
“Going through a divorce can be a difficult process. Selecting an attorney who will protect your best interests is important. Mr. Abernathy’s experience and knowledge of the law provide strength and guidance to his clients. The handling of my case showed these strengths and assured me of his formidable and very competent representation. I strongly recommend him as an attorney to handle your case.”
– John F.
“I never imagined I would need the services of a Family Law Divorce Attorney. At one of the most unexpected low points in my life, Mr. Abernathy was recommended by a colleague. I was actually scheduled to interview three attorneys, but after talking briefly with Mr. Abernathy, I knew right away he was the perfect lawyer for me. Divorce is normally a highly disturbing situation, but Mr. Abernathy has a canny ability to separate the emotion from the facts. Although not totally unsympathetic, Chris prefers to deal in the particulars and data. Our initial consultation was concise and informative. Chris was extremely well-versed on marriage dissolution laws and my legal rights. He immediately put his recommendations into actions and initiated a timeline. Mr. Abernathy listened intently, asked detailed questions, followed through impeccably and always had my interests as a priority. He was incredibly assertive with opposing counsel and my ex-husband. While some might claim he appeared aggressive, I can sincerely say I appreciated his no-nonsense demeanor, his ability to coordinate complex issues to my benefit, stay focused and get the job done. Chris and I communicated as needed. He readily returned phone calls, emails and text messages. His front office staff was a genuine support and a pleasure to work with. It was a difficult two years, but through it all, Mr. Abernathy fought hard for me and won an aggressive settlement on many levels. What is most impressive about the entire scenario is Chris was extremely successful while maintaining utmost integrity, honesty, and respect. Without hesitation, Mr. Christopher R. Abernathy has my unequivocal recommendation.”
– Lori K.

We know your struggle firsthand.
We use our insight to provide innovative and aggressive strategies,
so you can confidently rebuild your life.

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*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories — legal ability and general ethical standards.